Durham clash gets go ahead

CLECKHEATON have received confirmation that tomorrow’s trip to Durham City in North One East has been given the green light (kick off 2.15pm).

Durham called off last week’s match at Morley, stating they had insufficient front row forwards for the game to go ahead, and Cleckheaton were left in limbo as to whether tomorrow’s game would be played.

A decision for Durham not to travel to Morley was not taken until late last Thursday and Cleckheaton were keen to avoid a similar situation arising for their trip north.

Late yesterday morning, Cleck official Alan Bentley received confirmation from Durham that the match will be played and they can now finalise their travel arrangements.

One group of Cleckheaton supporters had planned to spend tonight in Durham before heading to the match but the lack of information from the home club meant they cancelled the trip.

Cleckheaton will now concentrate on preparing for the game as they aim to build on a fine run which has seen them win three of their last four games.

The Moorenders followed up their impressive 30-14 victory over Morley with a battling 17-10 success at Middlesbrough last week and they are brimming with confidence ahead of the trip to Durham, who have won only once this season.

Back-rower Richard Piper continued his excellent form as he backed up his derby hat-trick against Morley with another try at Middlesbrough and he has now scored eight this season.

n Cleckheaton have arranged their Yorkshire Cup first-round tie at home to National League Three North leaders Harrogate for Saturday November 10.

Cleckheaton weekend sides

1stXV at Durham City, kick off 2.15pm, meet 10.45am: R Hayden, J Wilson, Jonathon Marshall, M Piper, M Woodhead, I Gordon, J Bickerdike, P Turner, S Worsley, C Piper, D Nolan, G Turton, R Piercy, R Piper, O Akroyd. Replacements: R Bennett, B Thrower, James Marshall, C Blackburn.

Kestrels v York, kick off 2.15pm, meet 1pm: T Brooke, M Johnson, T Crewe, G Lamb, P Horrigan, J Toulson, M Fletcher, A Piper, A Goldthorpe, L Haigh, C Mason, M Beasty, L Bashforth, J Seddon, M Sargeant. Replacements: R Motlib, C Brannan, J White, A Stanley, W Denham.

3rdXV - No game.

4thXV v Huddersfield YMCA 4thXV, kick off 2.15pm: N Lazenby, A Brown, R Simpson, M Nicholson, A Tilby-Baxter, J Perks, R Noble, A Womersley, S Fletcher, S Smith, J Womersley, I Webb, M Terry, J Sheridan, D Webb. Replacements: M Philps, A Ellis, T Owens.